Grateful Dead Live at Roosevelt Stadium on 1974-08-06
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
This show has been commercially released as "Dick's Picks, Vol. 31"
fully complete, with Scarlet AUD patch; MR > DAT > CD > Sonic Solutions > Gans CD> EAC> SHN; via the folks at Deadlists et al- a host of volunteers; see info file for credits and notes; "the ultimate copy"
- 2004-04-14 10:54:48
- MR > DAT > CD > Sonic Solutions > Gans CD> EAC> SHN
- Jersey City, NJ
- This show has been commercially released as "Dick's Picks, Vol. 31"
- This show has been commercially released. For more details see dead.net.
- Roosevelt Stadium
Subject: Spanish Jam
Many of the highlights already mentioned but somewhere during the 1st set EYES this show just builds momentum but even before that Phil is up in the mix. Weir is pretty animated and Garcia is well Garcia!
Good sound from Keith and as one who grooves on Donna Jean a great show for her as well.
The Playing>Scarlet>Playin even with the sound issues during Scarlet is just fantastic.
SEASTONES is a great set connector and by the time the band hits UJB it is all sweetness. throw in a Black Peter for an ongoing mellow mood.
Garcia is throwing Lightning Bolts during El Paso and the Big River always fine during the 73-74 era.
The Ship of Fools is very kind. probably the best year for this tune. If you think of the political climate during this time so appropriate. And really this cautionary tale informed my relations to the powers that be.
Come back step, like to walk on air....
Don't miss all the jams from Sugar Magnolia onward especially the well developed Spanish Jam.
Subject: Best of 74 contender
1st set - hardly any pauses, the band just wants to go go go (opposite of the over-rated Veneta 72). The kind of set that makes you reset what you call "5 stars"! I think it's due to Billy's propulsion and extra fills (this is right before Mickey first came back). Bertha is very pop-and-lock. This is the Mexicali you want as well. Be attentive for Jer's descending half-slide 2mins into BioDtL-9 1/2 (somebody thought it was 10...). Sugaree has incredible sustain tone! But Keith doesn't run with it so they tidy up, making it average for '74. Conversely, Jack Straw is perhaps the best of '74. Every single member is freaking spanking Eyes in a top 20 all-time version. This is where Jer was a genius - who else could come up with that many variations and themes? C'mon man, gimme my face back. He's so animated on Promised Land that Bobby has to give him some room during the verses. There's barely a pause into Deal, the expected set closer. The set low point, it's still above average ('74 was the Deal-e-o year) and doesn't hint that a sandwich will now be served. So uptempo you would think it's Playin' too fast, it has been much remarked by traders. But, though unique and super-long (quantity isn't always quality in Dead Land), it's not the best playing of the set. Still, the tempo, the hotness of the band this night, the backline, and Jer mostly put it over, with lots of hints of '76/'77. The meat is a pre-Fire Scarlet (!), but it's kind of Jer deciding "look, here's Scarlet, guys", though the jam gets better. The sandwich-bottom is a good-enough, 27-minute excursion. Not the best of '74 but it goes to some cool places and even Donna's prescriptive wail is circumscribed.
2nd Set - Super long. Uncle John's has another jam , in a jammy show, and again the jam is the tighter section. It's a full stop and Phil tries for El Paso before Peter. Again, the end jam is best, but it takes a long time to get it to really melt. Phil gets his El Paso (now say thank you, Bobby). Jer is all over it like the GOP on an anti-science soundbite; like escaped chimps on the overturned banana semi. Best of '74 (else, 8/4/74). Loose Lucy is tight, funky, and inventive. Big River was performed so heavily in '74 but damn if this isn't up there (with 8.13.75, 12.19.73, 6.16.74, 9.11.74, 6.9.76, 12.30.77, 10.14.83) and I can't recall a better Ship. Often given a plodding tempo, this one's possibly better than 9/11/74 & 4/21/78. Donna is good in a peppy (not draggy) Row Jimmy but it's Billy that makes it here. It's a golden segue with Phil on the harmony section of He's Gone and though Bobby flubs Truckin (like he does Sugar Mag), Jer and Billy are hammers. Sunshine Daydream is mostly an opportunity for Bobby yelp and Donna screech but the encore is astonishing (after bumps?). Jer so rarely did punk-styled, single-note staccatos, so it doesn't come across as a generic riff, but punctuation. As good as Ally Pally & some of October.
1st Set = A+
2nd Set = B+
Overall = 5 Stars
Entire 1st Set, with A+ Bertha, Mexicali and Eyes
El Paso, Lucy, Big River (A+), Ship, Spanish Jam, GdtRFB, U.S Blues (A+)
Sources: Gans CD of SB>Powell. But don't do the it's-only-'74-scoff at the merin.weiner.5914 AUD. This a good one for the AUD-energy experience/knowing what the Wall of Sound was actually like.
Great review by kochman, below
Subject: What is wrong with this picture??
An incredible audience recording can be found here: https://archive.org/details/gd74-08-06.merin.weiner.gdADT.5914.sbefail.shnf
What a show! What a recording! Dick screwed up again, by playing Archive Deity and meshing together three shows when it should've been just this one (not taking anything away from the Philly shows) and shame on the Archives for a momentary slip of consciousness...
Subject: Best of '74? Maybe! It competes at a minimum!
Mexicali is brimming with energy, Billy in particular throws some nice drums rolls in. The dog days of summer in the NE, can they maintain for 3.8 hours?
Sugaree has, through the era, been progressing nicely. This version is no exception.
Jack Straw has a short but sweet intro with Jerry throwing in an unusual little dervish.
Eyes blows my doors off! The first verse solo has a screeching Jerry solo. The 2nd verse jam finds yet more energy in this already energetic show. The third verse/outro jam has a Slipknot theme buried in there. This outro jam gets wild and amazing, great stuff, one of the best Eyes out there. A+.
A PITB meat sequence/sandwich to close the 1st set is a nice touch. Once we hit the jam Jerry has a great tone, somewhat “watery”, and easily could drift into… a Tiger. The tempo stays up beat until just after the 7th minute, where it gets more jazz improve style. There’s an awesome break down type of segment to the jam starting just before the 10th minute. 16 minutes in the jam is in a completely different place, which is awesome. Phil starts laying down some powerful notes and it’s fully exploratory verging on space at this point. By 19 in we return to a jazz blues type of fusion jam which verges on funk and is pretty awesome… Scarlet comes right into this jam and turns it fully jazzy. Nice work here, and an especially sweet segue back into PITB’s reprise to close out the awesome set!
UJB has a great intro. 74 was the year where they started to extend the jam segment (not surprisingly). It’s a decent jam, but not earth shattering. Seems like it could never really gather steam until they head into the reprise.
El Paso is perfect.
Black Peter is bluesy and beautiful, you feel this version inside.
Loose Lucy is funky and fun.
Big River is fun as always.
Ship pretty good. Keith wasn’t as prominent as I like, but the mellowness was a nice contrast.
MAMU is great!
Row Jimmy is subtle and cool. I like the organ on this much better than the piano sound.
Sugar Mags>Gone>Truckin>Spanish Jam>TOO>GDTRFB>SSDD
Nice line up for a meat sequence. The sugar mag is energetic and full. Out of nowhere, the Gone chords surface where SSDD normally takes off. A bit sloppy, but cool. It’s a good Gone, and the energy goes up a bit when it gets to the outro and transitions directly into the rapid fire opening notes of Truckin’. Bobby blows the lyrics before the "Busted on Bourbon St" and literally says "Whoops!" into the microphone before recovering. Classic Bobbism. It's a fun Truckin, with Bob aptly racheting up the energy before we head into the heady part of the sequence... however, the build up to the explosion slows back down as Jerry goes into Blues mode. We don't actually get the typical explosion, which is somewhat of a bummer, but we do get a cool jam starting at 8 minutes. They go dark and deep rather than doing their typical thing. Phil has a powerful solo with lots of reverberating bass bombs before the drums and guitars start picking back up, having been operating deep in the background. Bobby starts the chords to the beloved Spanish Jam, and Phil maintains the lead for a bit. After about a minute Jerry starts pushing for the lead, yet Phil stays prominent. Phil tries to head into TOO, but it doesn't happen, so he retreats to making really odd, Seastone like noises while Jerry noodles... the jam basically leaves Spain and Bobby now pushes for TOO. Jerry obliges, Phil takes the bait after the rest of the band is fully on the theme. About 5 minutes of TOO and we get to the verse. TOO then heads into space quickly. Considering the previous energy of the show, this meat sequence has been much mellower. The space doesn't stay there long this time! Jerry takes us full bore into the eye of the Tiger! After the short but furious Tiger there's a jazzy jam that ends with Jerry putting the intro notes to GDTRFB into play. The solo has you dancing in your seat or on your feet. They head right into Sunshine Daydream out of the closing notes to end the set.
Encore: US Blues is played in preparation for the coming US Invasion of Western Europe come September '74. Nice and energetic, great closer.
3.8 hours of awesome. Ok, throw out the Seastones, like I did... it would have been nice intermission sounds anyhow. The main meat sequence was nice, mainly mellow with moments of greatness... however the PITB>Scarlet>PITB to end the first set would not be denied. Put them together... and drift.
A for SBD, A+ for Official Release snippets. One of the best SBDs of the day, and COMPLETE.
Subject: Not like another review matters....
Subject: BAR NONE
Subject: fellow head lookin for some tunes
where are the Dicks picks 31 left overs?
Subject: Yet another example of the magnificent 1974
This show is just another example of the amazing jamming of 74'. The unusual Playin'>Scarlet>Playin' is quite energetic for a year of spacey Playin' jams. Every member is properly feeding off of the energy of the moment, like any good Dead show, and delivering exceptional versions of both songs. The second set Sugar Mag on is sooo tight. My words cannot do this show any more justice than simply listening to it.
Subject: Great show, sound not that good though
Subject: A GREAT 'FLASHBACK' .................................
Then of course the show was GREAT , too!
Subject: A tad overrated.
However I think the 2nd set is a tad overrated. Don't get me wrong, I think it's really good, but there are better jams in '74, such as 6/28 and 10/18. It's still a great show, no matter how you look at it.
Subject: Hoo Yeah!
Subject: one of the best
Subject: A COMPLETE SHOW!
Set II starts with a great reggae version of UJB into a rare Black Peter. The main jam of the night starts a few songs later....Sugar Mag>He's Gone>Truckin'>JAM>Other1>GDTRFB>Daydream. Folks, this is a solid hour of improvisational magic from the heavens. Great Jerry leads, a few Phil bombs and a great team effort all around. A sin they end with US Blues
Subject: Fence Climbing Idiot
Funny Stuff Five Star Show
Subject: The Best of '74
I guess from the fantastic copies circulating they figured on going a different route.
IMHO this show is the best from a banner year.
Sound quality is 5 easily and the jamming is especially good.
Hilites: Playin>Scarlet>Playin, Eyes, Bertha, Truckin>Spanish Jam>Other one
You can't get this show here but GDlive.com has it in all its glory.
A must have for any collector.
For me a Top-10 all-time show !!!
A must have for all DeadHeads.
Subject: DO YOURSELF A FAVOR
Subject: Great show, only some of which was released
Subject: Top 5!
The He's Gone>Truckin>Spanish>Other One jam, while not my favorite for 74, is very strong. Can't add much more to what's been cheered about here already, except to say that the doctor was in college in 1974, and the news of Nixon's resignation put us all in that old 60's spirit of unity once again, if only for a moment. This was the summer that spawned Saturday Night Live that fall, along with the first Prarie Home Companion in July. A spirit of celebration was ablaze across what was, in 1974, still a very loose, free and stoned country. 20 somethings take heart, it's coming back, hold on! A timeless and historic show. Can't recommend it enough, buy it!
Dr. flashback ;-)
Oops, I could sworn that was the day, but seeing as I was only 10 yrs old, maybe I got the date wrong. Even more interesting as a historical setting.
Subject: wall to wall deadheads
Ps The news that Nixon was Going to resign did come out on the 8th as I saw CSNY at the same venue and Stills and Nash wre doing cartweels accros the stage.
Subject: excellent show
Note that comment between Bertha and Mexicali Blues about the day's news refers not to Nixon's resignation (which occurred on August 8 1974), but the repercussions of the previous day's release of the June 23, 1972 "smoking gun" tape, which confirmed Nixon's involvement in Watergate and forced his resignation.
Subject: Absolutely MUST have
Subject: A first set for the ages
The fourth disc alone is some of the best Dead you will hear.
Subject: For the first set